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  • Nevada Grow

    Nevada Grow aims to help businesses in key strategic research areas, including: Initial diagnostics of business strategy; analysis of potential barriers/issues in your business model; customized data specific to the needs of the business; specific teaching/instruction on how to use the data; identifying new markets, industry trends and competitive intelligence. This program also gives entrepreneurs access to Business Peer learning Groups, where activities include roundtables with a diverse array of companies, group discussions and mentoring. Nevada Grow models the concept of Economic Gardening - connecting entrepreneurs to essential data, marketing, and business intelligence resources - to help companies build capacity and produce jobs. Under Assemblywoman Dina Neal's leadership, Nevada Grow was officially enacted into law during the 2017 legislative session.


    Nevada Grow Application                                     Nevada Grow Brochure

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    ONE-ON-ONE BUSINESS MENTORING: SCORE Las Vegas provides free confidential personal business counseling from experienced corporate executives, successful entrepreneurs and professional members of our dedicated team. Most of our clients are thinking about launching their own businesses or are already in business. Some need focused counseling on a single subject such as marketing, while others are seeking a comprehensive review about all aspects of their proposed business venture. Some clients need just a single consulting session – others may return many times, usually after having conducted research relevant to the business venture. In either case we are happy to mentor and help define and analyze your opportunities and assist you in finding a solution. If you are interested in meeting with a mentor, please go to scorelv.org or call 702-388-6104 for a free face-to-face appointment.


    BUSINESS SEMINARS:  SCORE Las Vegas also offers a diverse array of different seminars for the new and existing business owner, operator or employee. Workshops are taught by subject matter experts within the Score counselor and partner team. For the upcoming seminar schedule, please go to scorelv.org  or call 702-388-6104.




    At Accion, our vision is to build a financially inclusive world – one in which every individual has access to high-quality, affordable financial services. Whether you’re interested in a particular aspect of microfinance, impact investing, or financial literacy, we invite you to explore the different areas of our work and join our efforts to build a world with access to economic opportunity for all.


    Our service offerings


    Global Advisory Solutions focuses on key areas that help maximize FSPs’ impact in today’s financial markets. Utilizing customer centric, data-driven, tech-enabled solutions and tools, our team delivers advisory support to FSPs – from planning and implementing, to reaching scale – through five service offerings:

      • Growth Strategy and Planning: Leveraging new ideas, technologies and partnerships to support sustainable growth
      • Customer Strategy: Designing customer centric products and services to create value for customers and build long-term engagement
      • Digital Channels: Using mobile and agent networks to increase convenience for new and existing customers
      • Business Processes and Operational Efficiency: Streamlining operations to reduce the cost of serving customers
      • Risk and Credit Analytics: Managing risk and leveraging data efficiently to increase profitability


    Need a Loan?

    For U.S.-based loans, please visit the Accion U.S. Network at http://us.accion.org to find the member office serving your area. This website provides information about applying for a loan through Accion as well as other resources for small businesses.

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  • The Nevada Small Business Development Center

    The Nevada Small Business Development Center is a statewide resource for people looking to start or grow a business. Services include an assessment process (for start-ups), one-on-one business counseling at all stages, affordable training, writing a business plan, and access to specialty assistance such as retail site analysis, energy efficiency planning, government contracting, demographic research and more.

    Our Stella Lake office is financially and programmatically supported by the City of Las Vegas, and our occupancy is supported by the Las Vegas Urban Chamber of Commerce. Outreach efforts through this location are collaborative and strategic so that together we may impact economic development through the creation and sustainability of local small businesses. Our popular training program, NxLeveL for Micro-entrepreneurs, continues to be an invaluable classroom experience for new and existing business owners.

    In the southern part of our State, the Nevada SBDC is also present at, and partially funded by, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the City of Henderson. Rural locations include Laughlin and Pahrump. For more details on how we can help you, please visit our website at www.NevadaSBDC.org.

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  • SBA

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

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  • Workforce Connections’ LABS Program for Business Owners

    The Workforce Connections’ LABS (Layoff Aversion Business Services) Program is committed to helping small-to-mid-size businesses grow and contribute to Southern Nevada’s economic development.
    Our business consultants coordinate and leverage federal and commercial resources to equip business owners and medical professionals with the knowledge, training and tools to make informed decisions and create efficient work organizations.
    Analysis and consultation services are provided at no-cost to qualified business owners and medical professionals as part of a regional strategy to stabilize Southern Nevada’s businesses, expand and the workforce, promote a stronger economy, and position Nevada to become more competitive globally.

    For more information, please contact Business Consultant, Kenadie Cobbin Richardson at 702.636-2364 or via email at krichardson@snvwc.org

    Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. TTY (800) 326-6868 or Nevada Relay 711.



    Over a two-year period, the BOWD program will graduate 200 local small businesses (including minorities, women, other small firms, and veterans) and create/retain 250 jobs. The program will provide the resources needed to build capacity, identify working capital, create mentor relationships, locate contract opportunities, train/place job seekers, develop internal workforce, and implement marketing/sales tool for small businesses within southern Nevada.


    To implement the BOWD program, the Strategic alliance for emerging Small Business (SafeSB™) team was formed. The SafeSB™ Team will operate a Virtual BOWD Center to allow access for other local entities to support the County’s BOWD program.


    The small businesses must complete an application form and meet the program’s enrollment eligibility requirements. For more information, contact our office at (702) 724-1500 or e-mail us at melyssa@akersinc.com.


  • Clark County Summer Business Institute Program

    Founded in 1996, the Summer Business Institute is designed for current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to experience an eight-week internship that includes business mentoring, life skills training, financial management and a civic engagement project. Online applications will be available in January 2018.

    The program represents a collaborative effort between the Clark County Human Resources Department, Clark County School District, UNLV, CSN and the local business community. The focus of the program is to give youth opportunities to experience a corporate work environment. The Summer Business Institute features an eight week internship divided into two parts. The first four days of each workweek the students perform on-the-job training at their job sites, where a supervisor provides them with meaningful projects. On Fridays, the students participate in workshops designed to complement what they learn on the job. The weekly workshops are a critical component where students gain insight into future career paths, as well as receive information regarding entrepreneurial opportunities. The workshops are designed to focus on financial management and life skills training.

  • Prestamos

    Prestamos CDFI, LLC (“Prestamos”), is a Community Development Financial Institution("CDFI") and a Community Development Entity("CDE") that provides high quality small business loans and technical support services to its clients. Préstamos through its parent corporation, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., has administered lending programs for small businesses located in a rural and urban Arizona since 1980.  In 1992, Prestamos acquired the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Microloan Pilot Program and became Arizona’s first SBA Microlender.  In view of the success of its loan programs and the continued need and demand for these services, CPLC created Prestamos CDFI, LLC in 2000.  Prestamos successfully promotes business and community development and provides technical assistance, business capital and commercial real estate loans throughout Arizona and Nevada.


    To apply for a loan, visit this link: http://prestamosloanfund.org/faq.html


  • NEVADA Business opportunity fund

    "The mission of NBOF is to enhance the economic self-sufficiency and quality of life of LMI individuals through entrepreneurial training, technical assistance and access to loans for new and expanding businesses throughout Nevada. We accomplish this through Access, Capital (small business loans from $500 - $1,000,000) and Education."



  • Nevada Partners on the job training

    Candidates can receive on-the-job training (OJT), gaining the skills necessary for a productive job performance while being paid for working. OJTs are funded by Workforce Connections under the Workforce Investment Act and administered by Nevada Partners. Employers can be reimbursed anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of the wage rate, depending on the size of the company.

    A Nevada Partners staffing consultant meets with the employer to discuss specific training needs, job requirements, and expected outcomes for the OJT program. They then design a training curriculum, detailing the skills, schedule, and training goals for the position. Upon agreement, the employer and Nevada Partners sign a standard contract. Once hired, the OJT participant becomes an employee of the company, subject to the same standards and benefits accorded other employees.

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  • Nevada Department of Business and Industry

    The Department of Business and Industry is a cabinet level agency in Nevada State government. Our objective is to encourage and promote the development and growth of business and to ensure the legal operation of business in order to protect consumers by maintaining a fair and competitive regulatory environment. The Director’s office manages a number of programs and initiatives to address the needs of small businesses, homeowners and consumers including small business advocacy, bond programs, access to capital, housing retention programs, constituent services and fraud prevention and education.


    Access to Capital

    Even with all of the economic programs and government incentives for small business, it can be a challenge to access and obtain financing to properly capitalize a business.  It's difficult, especially for smaller businesses, to build credit and provide financials worthy of securing traditional business loans and lines of credit needed to grow and expand. There are two options available to entrepreneurs seeking to finance their business: borrow funds (debt equity) or sell ownership interest in exchange for capital (equity financing). Either option has advantages and disadvantages.

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  • McCarran is a member of the Nevada Unified Certification Program (UCP). McCarran Airport, Reno/Tahoe Airport and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) accept DBE applications and conduct certification reviews and site visits of applicant firms. Once application reviews are completed, the UCP which is comprised of McCarran Airport, Reno/Tahoe Airport, NDOT, and the Regional Transportation Commissions (RTC) for Washoe and Clark Counties meet on a monthly basis to certify eligible firms. The agency that processes your application will be the agency you contact for all questions, but your certification will be valid for all of the agencies in the UCP. A unified directory of certified DBEs/ACDBEs throughout the State of Nevada is maintained by NDOT . 


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  • The AbilityOne® Program is a federal initiative and the largest source of employment for people who are blind or have severe disabilities. Through a national network of more than 550 nonprofit agencies, the program provides the federal government with products and services at fair market prices.

    The AbilityOne Program is committed to producing quality products while enhancing the personal independence and quality of life for employees. Employees learn job skills that allow them to grow within their communities and build successful careers in public and private-sector jobs.

    Contracts under the AbilityOne Program offer federal customers high-quality products available through a variety of distributors at reasonable prices and delivered when needed. AbilityOne service contracts offer a stable workforce dedicated to quality and customer satisfaction.


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  • WRMSDC provides the only nationally-recognized Ethnic Minority Business Certification in Northern California, Nevada, and Hawai‘i. Certification offers minority suppliers the opportunity to connect face-to-face with many of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned, and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals, and other buying institutions. Leveraging our more than 35 years as an industry expert in Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) enrichment, development, and impact, WRMSDC offers certified minority suppliers support from technical trainings to exclusive buyer forums and corporate procurement events.



  • Additional Resources

  • Nevada Secretary of State


    The Office of the Secretary of State is organized into eight divisions: Commercial Recordings, Document Preparation Services Program/Domestic Partnerships/Registry for Advanced Directives for Healthcare (Living Will Lockbox), Elections, Executive Administration, Nevada Business Portal, Notary, Operations and Securities.

  • Will it Fly?

    Avoid the cost of failure. With expert prep modules designed to speed up knowledge transfer and support users at their time of need,Willitfly.com provides a quick way to find out if you are ready to perform according to best practices for important business tasks.

  • UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research

    Housed at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas, this site provides research and analysis services to clients in both business and government while analyzing the economic and demographic impact of events and policy initiatives on Nevada and its local economies.

  • State of Nevada Law Library

    Provides online access to Nevada's Revised Statutes, Administrative Code, and the Nevada Register
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development

    Loan and grant programs for rural businesses.

  • Nevada State Industrial Development Revenue Bond Program

    The Industrial Development Revenue Bond (IDRB) program is a vital component of Nevada's economic development and diversification efforts.  IDRB's are a special tax-exempt form of financing made available by the State of Nevada to finance qualified projects at interest rates substantially below comparable commercial rates.  Bonds offer flexible terms at variable and fixed interest rates. All borrowers must be credit worthy and present financially feasible business plans.

  • Rural Nevada Development Corporation

    Headquartered in Ely, Nevada, RNDC is 501(c)3 non-profit development corporation that provides business loans for start-up and expanding business in the fifteen counties of Rural Nevada as well as the rural portions of Clark and Washoe Counties and the twenty-seven Indian Tribes of Nevada.

  • Bureau of the Census

    Contains all types of statistical information.

  • Nevada Investors Associates

    By helping others with this thing called a "patent", they share and learn, with your ideas and their ideas, they offer privacy, testimony and witness, trust, confidentiality (don't trust anyone), respect, experience, successes and failures, and in turn the result the NIA helps this world one inventor at a time.... At times they can consider themselves a small think tank and group of pioneers, performers, doers, testers, bit twiddlers, thinkers, engineers, socializers, reporters, farmers, business owners, leaders, and denizens, etc.

  • Nevada State Data Center

    A cooperative effort of the U.S. Census Bureau and the states to improve public access to census statistics and information. The objectives of the program are twofold: to provide access to and extend the use of Census Bureau statistical resources, and to provide training and technical assistance in accessing and using the data.

  • Nevada State Demographer’s Office

    Produces the official estimates of persons living in cities,counties, and townships in the state, and forecasts county, city and township populations.

  • Nevada State Development Corporation

    The SBA 504 Loan Program provides an opportunity for business owners to purchase commercial real estate and long-term equipment at reasonable rates and terms.

  • Nevada Commission on Economic Development

    The NCED's mission is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy, enriching the quality of life for Nevada citizens by stimulating business expansion and retention, encouraging entrepreneurial enterprise, attracting new businesses and facilitating community development to enable economic growth and prosperity.

  • IRS Business Tax Center

    Offers a broad range of resources across federal and state agencies, as well as industry/profession specific information for self-employed entrepreneurs, employers and businesses.

  • The Biz Info Library

    The Biz Info Library contains a well organized yet vast collection of brief business articles on topics including Researching, Financing, Starting a Business, Marketing, and Managing Employees in a Business. Biz Info Library is a service from the entrepreneurial experts at the Ewing Marion KauffmanFoundation, the Edward Lowe Foundation, and the James J. Hill Reference Library. Registration is free, quick, and easy.